With the blessings of Bodhisattvas and the Venerable Master Hua, the fourfold assembly of Buddhists in central Taiwan officially founded a branch of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Society on February 28, 2003.
Although Venerable Master Hua has many followers in central Taiwan, due to the absence of a temple and the guidance of Dharma Masters,it has been difficult to collect their strength. On several occasions, for instance, Buddhist disciples there couldn’t communicate and coordinate effectively. In order for Buddhists in central Taiwan to congregate to support the Triple Jewel and encourage one another along the path to Bodhi, a founding committee was formed at the beginning of 2002 to start a central area branch of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Society (DRBBDS).
When the committee first began its search, they looked at several places but found them all unsuitable. After half a year of inactivity, discussions began again in earnest after several of us went to the City of 10,000 Buddhas in June and returned feeling that we should shoulder this responsibility. Upon getting approval from the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA) and Dharma Masters at DRBBDS, everyone pulled together. We were ready to give it our all, hoping to build a temple to propagate the orthodox Dharma.
After considering numerous locations and holding many meetings, we invited Dharma Masters from DRBBDS for guidance and finally decided on the present location. What was invaluable in this process was that everyone learned to study the pros and cons of an issue and compromise when disagreements occurred.
At the opening of the branch temple, we saw many new faces. The place was lively and the Dharma Assembly was dignified. Everyone seemed to be delighted because of Dharma. We were all happy that we finally have a “home”, which can’t help but make me want to come around. We also hope that this pure land here will become a tower of strength representing orthodox Dharma in central Taiwan. As everyone comes to share similar outlooks and after diligent practice, we further hope that the opportunity will come together for us to respectfully request DRBA Dharma Masters to come and stay here on a long-term basis, propagating the Dharma and helping all beings.
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